Thank you all for your replies. I truly appreciate them. Sorry for the delay, we've been traveling for the last few days and computer time was nonexistent.
Babysmurf, you hit my three biggest concerns right on the head!
Originally Posted by Voondrop
I would be eating like crazy trying to build up a surplus of nutrients & enzymes in your shoes, but what a fun thought watching 2 little ones grow up so close.
Originally Posted by BabySmurf
In all honesty, I would urge you to seriously consider your nutrient reserves. Pregnancy takes ALOT out of you.
This is a huge concern for me. We try to stick to a Whole Foods/Nourishing traditions approach to nutrition. Bone broths, Organic Pasture raised meats and eggs, fermented foods, whole milk raw dairy, soaked grains, little to no refined sugars but I have a tendency towards under-eating, which is a horrible habit to have when EBF and considering a new pregnancy. I've started writing down each meal and how much I ate to keep an eye on it and make sure I'm getting more than enough food. I'm concerned that if I were to get pregnant, I might end up with the same super strong aversions to these things. I threw up all eggs and meat products for the first 2 months. I have so little stores built up that I'm afraid this next baby would suffer from inadequate nutrition, if I couldn't keep the daily goodies coming in high doses. I also weigh less than i did before conceiving last time and I lost about 8 lbs in the first 2 months. I'm hoping that if we choose to conceive and can successfully conceive that I will be able to keep up a massive intake of nourishing calories.
I've been looking into multiple sources for nutrition, and nursing a babe during a pregnancy and the kellymom website had this info. Which I don't consider to be used as fact or an end all to the discussion. Every woman is different and I don't know if my body will be able to do it or not. Unless I try, and that's what I'm trying to figure out here. Do I try for it?
Special Dietary Considerations (Pregnant & Nursing or Tandem Nursing)
If a mother is reasonably well-nourished her body can continue to meet her own needs and the needs of both her unborn child/infant and the older nursling. This is especially true if the older nursling is at least a year old when mom gets pregnant. In some cases, the health care provider may recommend that the mother consume more calories and/or take prenatal vitamins (but it’s unwise to take more than one a day).
Originally Posted by shanna-cat
Not sure I'll ever really be ok with "being done"
A friend of mine just gave away all her nursing and baby stuff since that last kid has weaned and they are firmly feeling done. Talking to her about it and seeing how done she truly feels was astonishing to me, simply because I'm in such a different place. I can hardly imagine the mourning I would go through if this was our last one. I want a house full of children and I love being pregnant and nursing my little one, I also don't know if I'll ever really be ok 'being done' either. Thankfully I, God willing have a while before I have to really worry about that, but who knows.
Originally Posted by BabySmurf
Also, how long were you planning to breastfeed for? Because you would have to plan on your milk drying up too, and weaning a baby who isn't ready can be heart breaking.
Second huge concern! I want to breastfeed for as long as DD wants to. I'm hoping it will be well into toddlerhood, like 3-4. I have friends who tandem nurse and I'm hoping so much that I'm able to. From what I've read, which isn't as much as I'd like yet but a good bit, is that my milk shouldn't completely dry up, but I should expect a significant drop. Something that I found that was encouraging was this...
A recent review of the available research on breastfeeding and pregnancy as separate events revealed that as long as the mother is eating enough calories of a basic mixed diet, and as long as she is gaining weight within healthy parameters, there is ample reason to believe she can provide well for herself, her fetus and her nursling. (Adventures in Tandem Nursing, 2003)
Though I realize everyone is different and I may not be one of the woman who can successfully nurse through a pregnancy. Weaning Genevieve early would be so hard, we both seem to enjoy nursing. My lactation consultant who is a dear friend had girls 15 months apart and nursed with no problems through her 2nd pregnancy but 4 days before her 2nd daughters birth DD1 stopped nursing on her own and never nursed again. I've heard a couple different people say this was the case for them so I'm hoping to avoid this as well. Who knows.
Oops, DD is awake. I'll have to respond more later. I have lots more to say and I so truly appreciate all the feedback. I knew you mama's would be able to help me weight the important factors in this decision. I'll be back during DD next nap time.